Hello, I am new to the board. I am currently in the midst of making the decision to put down(kind of hate that term) my 13 year old poodle,Ashely. I have a 6 year poodle too. Ashley went blind about 7 months ago and then got pnumonia and then a skin infection. She recovered from the pneumonia and the skin problem stablized.
Ashley is not doing well again. Once the weather turned, so did her health. She is just surviving now and not really living. Her constant care is really working on my nerves and she is keeping me up at night with her coughing and whining. I think it's time to put her down. I've been through this many times before, but I do dread this time. Yes, all my poodles have been special in their own ways, but Ashley has been with me through some really tough times in my life. I've tried to play 'hero' with her and keep her going, but it's getting to be too hard and time consuming. Life must go on... and all my attention paid to Ashley is taking my quality time away with Amber. So I think it's time...and I will probably do it this week.
At least I didn't loose her last spring when she suddenly went blind and got so sick. She rallied long enough for me to prepare myself for this. Going to miss her like crazy...and we don't plan on another one for a while. Amber will be spoiled more than she already is... but she deserves more of my attention then I have been giving her lately. I really can't wait for the freedom from caring for a very sickly dog.. and sending her to a better place...not because I don't love her, but because I love her too much to force her to stay.
Does this make sense? It's time for me to think about myself, my sanity and my one healthy, active, poodle. Another puppy may come into the picture one day, but I have other things I want to do now... and Amber is ready for any adventure that comes along.
Sorry this is so long for my first post.. but this is a tough decision. I've made it 4 times before over the past 25 years with other poodles... but this time it's really working on me. Just needed to vent I guess. Thanks for reading.